August 22nd, 2009


Book Reports (169-174)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Different colored font means it's an ARC (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well). For those available for pre-order or order, the titles link to Powell's.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!

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The Revolution of Sabine, by Beth Levine Ain ** This was an interesting historical, though for me, the MC wasn't as compelling as I wanted her to be.

House of Dance, by Beth Kephart * I should have guessed this wouldn't be my cup of tea, seeing as how she's an NBA nominee -- but those of you who love more literary books will probably really like this.

Sophomore Switch, by Abby McDonald **+ I found this okay...I skimmed most of it, but I did enjoy the double POV.

After, Amy Efaw ***+ This is an interesting book because of the unreliable narrator -- now most books I've read with unreliable narrators have been the sort where the narrator deliberately withholds evidence from the reader. When I go into those without knowing, I tend to get pretty frustrated ;) In this book, you know right away that there's a problem, because the book begins with a girl who's been pregnant and did not know it. Even when she went into labor, she didn't know what was happening -- and the story goes on from there. It's a slow reveal for the MC about what was really going on in her life, and in this case, the reader actually knows quite a bit more than the narrator. I liked it okay, though I truly have a hard time believing that a girl could be this ignorant of her own body -- HOWEVER, I do think the author did a good job painting a realistic portrayal (and she has an author's note about girls she's met who have been similarly ignorant). (YA, releases this month)

Jumping Off Swings, by Jo Knowles jbknowles ****+ For those of you familiar with Jo's writing, I'm sure it's no surprise to learn that this book is powerful and strong and emotional. I was riveted, and I loved the multiple POV that she used. Each voice was quite distinct, and I had no problems moving between the four narrators. So well done -- strongly recommended! (YA, already available)

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society, by Michael Buckley *** Cute, cute book. This is one I'm pretty sure D will love -- it's aimed at upper elementary boys, and it's very appropriate to their age. Funny, fun, outrageous -- how nice to see boy books like this! (MG, releases 9/09)